The Truth of Intimacy (Poem)

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They say sex is the most important intimate thing,
To that I say “they are insane.”
The intimacy that I believe in,
is cuddling on Sunday mornings as the rain begins.

They say sex is the most important intimate thing,
to that I say “You know nothing.”
For when you wake up next to each other and just watch them sleep,
you get to see them for who they are really meant to be.
Watching them dream as you cuddle up next to them is more intimate,
hearing them snore relaxes you to the core.
That is intimacy,
those are my favorite intimate memories.

A Dream That Lies Next to Me (Poem)

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A sudden movement from me could make the covers move an inch away from our bodies,
Leaving our skin defenseless against the cold morning breeze that seemed to squeeze through the cracks in the windowsill.
So I just lie here awake,
staring at her lie next to me.
Watching her chest rise with every breath she takes as she dreams.
This moment, this precious moment that I am honored to see,
has been a dream that I’ve always wanted to see.
Her hair in disarray,
her brown eyes covered by the covers,
and her smooth skin covered by the pajamas she wears every night,
this is a dream that most have only dreamt of,
but I get to live it every day of my life.

For the Love of Mabon: Cookie Recipe

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Just last Thursday was the beginning of the new season, Mabon (Autumn). And during last Thursday, I had posted about this season being the time for reflection. Mabon, or Autumn to many, is the time of the season for reflection upon yourself and of your life. During this time, it is best to slow things down a little bit and just heal yourself and find yourself. This is highly important to do.

One of the ways to heal yourself is through food. Now, most of you who are reading this don’t realize that food actually can heal you and help you in many ways. Cooking and baking at home is not only a good way to save money, but it is also very therapeutic and you get to be in control of what ingredients will enter your recipe. When I bake or cook I use herbs, spices, and all natural ingredients in my recipes. This is due to the fact that I see each herb, spice, or any produce in my kitchen as being filled with magic. The terms “kitchen-witch” in Scandinavia and “hedge-witch” in Germany use their ingredients just the same way I do.

In this post, I wanted to give you all a recipe for the Mabon season and wanted you to have a little bit of fun this season with some sweet yet healthy Mabon Maple Brown Cookies.

Cookies
  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups King Arthur Flour (gluten free)
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup dark amber maple syrup
Glaze
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp dark amber maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a deep brown, about 6 minutes. Pour browned butter into a glass measuring cup and chill in the freezer until solidified, about 45 minutes to an hour.
  2. Whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat solidified brown butter and sugars in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until creamy; beat in egg and egg yolk. Add vanilla and maple syrup, beating until well combined. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; beat just until incorporated. Cover dough and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F (If cookie dough has chilled overnight, let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before baking). Line two baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper. Form 1 1/2-inch balls of dough and place two inches apart on prepared baking sheets; flatten mounds slightly. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, for 11 to 12 minutes, until lightly golden and edges are set. Cool for 3 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. For the glaze, whisk together melted butter, maple syrup, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk in powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Drizzle glaze over cookies; let set before serving.

 

These cookies are fantastic and using the gluten free flour will definitely help those who are gluten intolerant (like myself), and it is fun to make these with little children.

 

The River of Styx: Poem

 

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I sit in the boat with my eyes glued on the river up ahead,
The sounds of the water rushing below us and his humming made everything so eerie.

The paddle raised out of the water,
then slowly went back in,
guiding us up this long river of the dead.
The man behind me stared blankly at the formation of the rocks,
with a stoic look on his face and a voice that hummed a song.
Before I knew it the boat had stopped,
the voice of the man behind growled “This is where you get off.”
One step onto the rocky terrain,
I knew this is where I will stay.
For the man behind these gates,
Is the one who holds my soul in his jars made from clay.

Book Club: October

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In the spirit of Halloween, for the month of October I’ve chosen a classic thriller/horror book. Many of you have heard of this movie, the famous rendition starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. However, there are many who have never realized that it was adapted from the book that was written by the most famous psychological thriller author, Stephen King.

Jack Torrance arrives at the Stanley Hotel with his wife, Wendy, and his son, Danny. Jack comes to the town to interview for the winter caretaker, and uses his time at the hotel to write. The events that come about are transpired by the fact that the hotel is buried on a Native American burial site, which disturbs the ancestors and brings about the events to come. Danny, Jack’s son, has premonitions about the hotel being engulfed with blood that pours out of the elevator. Besides the premonitions, there is an eccentric Chef who tells Danny to stay away from room 237, and also uses telepathy to communicate with Danny throughout the story. The most common word from the both the story and from the movie, makes its appearance during a moment of the story, “redrum”.

This story is an instant classic when it comes to psychological thriller/horror genre. Stephen King has definitely created a masterpiece and to read it lets your mind go insane and let you witness it first hand, whereas the movie (albeit very awesome) has you separated from the characters. The Shining is available in almost every public library near you, and easily accessible online.

Mabon: A Time For Reflection

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It is now officially Mabon (Autumn Equinox), and during this time of year when the hot summer weather begins to get cooler and the rain starts falling more often, it is known as the reflection time. During the time of reflection, one must take time for themselves and start focusing on their inner selves and heal. This is also the time of year to go through all of your possessions and see what will be kept and what will be donated or thrown away.

The time of reflection of ones inner self can be an unusual journey. This is due to the fact that the person will finally see what it is that they are wanting and what they are needing to heal themselves, to heal their environment, and to push forward into Yule. There are different ways to do this. One of the ways is to journal. Journaling is highly effective and helps all of those who wish to see what it is that lies in the mind, in the soul and in the heart. Not only that, journaling also helps the person cope with what is rushing throughout their life. Journaling daily is the most effective, you can write in the morning when you wake up or before you head off to bed for the night. When you do this, it becomes like a daily routine. No it’s not a chore, it is a therapeutic way of healing yourself and finding yourself once more.

Another way to reflect on ones self is do things that gives you alone time from others and just be alone with your thoughts. Reading is one of the many ways, but for the most part that would more likely distract you and take you into a world where you forget about yourself and become enveloped into one of the characters. Instead, go outdoors and go do something fun and relaxing. Apple picking or pumpkin picking are two of the things that you can do. You can spend time in an apple orchard picking the apples and reflecting in your mind as you do so. No one will be around you, so you can talk out loud to yourself and sort things out. I do this constantly. If I am anywhere near an apple orchard, I will take a basket with me and go to the orchard and pick for hours, all the while reflecting on my thoughts and emotions. Wandering in the forest or mountains will give you all the alone time that you need in the world to reflect and just let you be you.

When we are around others we tend to be engrossed into the conversations and numb ourselves from healing ourselves and focusing on the needs of our mind, body, and soul. This is the time of the year where we need to focus on what needs to be healed and to find ourselves once more, for we lose ourselves throughout the course of the year leading up to this season. For this year, take time to reflect on yourself both on the inside and out. Not only that, take the time to finally heal those wounds that have been trying to open up again.

Sweat a Little Bit (Workout Playlist)

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It is time to put on our gym clothes and go for our workouts and pump some iron or do some cardio. Before we can do that, we normally scroll through Youtube to find the videos to listen to while working out to get us pumped up and keep us that way during the entire duration. Some people don’t know what kind of music to play and just wing it with whatever they come across, which is perfectly fine. You don’t need some magic playlist that was created by another person. This playlist should reflect your taste in music and also the type of workout you are doing. Just for fun I’ve created a workout playlist for anyone who wishes to add these songs and just have fun while working out. ** Remember, don’t make working out feel like it is a chore, make it feel like you are about to have a ton of fun (you are). I have fun when I lift weights, do squats, run, etc.

  1. Can’t Sleep Love – Pentatonix
  2. Dangerous Woman- Ariana Grande
  3. Killer – Baby K featuring Tiziano Ferro
  4. Fix- Chris Lane
  5. Chica Bomb- Dan Balan
  6. Cake by the Ocean – DNCE
  7. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
  8. Hands to Myself – Selena Gomez
  9. We Will Rock You – Queen
  10. Sparks – Hilary Duff
  11. Papi – Jennifer Lopez
  12. Sexy back – Justin Timberlake
  13. Dark Horse – Katy Perry
  14. Come With Me Now – KONGOS
  15. Take A Chance On Me – ABBA
  16. Sex and Candy – Marcy Playground
  17. Me Too – Megan Trainor
  18. Disintegration – Monarchy
  19. Sway – Rosemary Clooney
  20. Switch – Will Smith

 

Yes, some of these songs are classics and some of these songs are more modern and from different genres. That’s the whole point of this playlist. You don’t have to use this one per se, however they are fun to workout to and just sweat off the toxins and the bad day that you probably had.

Put in your headphones and get to your workout and have fun.